Reader Letters: On Wait Park lights, newspaper changes
Shout-out to those who lit up Wait Park
To the editor:
Let's give a huge shout out to the folks who put up the Christmas lights in Wait Park. The display is terrific, well done and maintained, and a delight throughout the season. Well done.
Applying rules that don't really apply
To the editor:
First of all, kudo's to Mike Early for his, "Thoughts on community journalism values," letter of 1/15/20.
I'd just like to add that the shortcomings of reporting on the part of The Pioneer regarding city issues, as pointed out by Mr. Early, is not unlike their shortcomings of reporting on local school district issues.
Their was a time when a person didn't have to go to a board meeting to learn what went on at the meeting, considering MRSD is probably the largest employer in Molalla.
Second, regarding the editor's article on "Financial reality in Molalla means real changes," I believe the editor failed to learn the #1 rule in business and one that I learned over 40 years ago and that is, "The customer is always right."
Scolding your customers for not supporting a failing newspaper is not the best way to try to turn a business around. Maybe you failed to keep up with the times. About 10 years ago I cancelled my subscription to the Oregonian, after over 30 years, because I got tired of reading only liberally slanted news.
(Editor's Note: If honest assessments are too hard to grasp, I'm sorry. Thanks for proving all my points so effectively.)
Suggestions as change arrives at papers
To the editor:
Here are some suggestions that local readers might enjoy.
Suggestions for having more subscribers which locals may appreciate:
"On Tap" great - add notices of upcoming events at fairgrounds, R. Brown Auditorium, Pioneer Chapel Performances, local movie theater, churches, schools--plus post-event coverage when appropriate. Increased post-coverage of civic meetings appreciated, including school board.
We love sports but 4 of 16 pages is too much. Smaller picture sizes could help. Add a section for word-limited notices of births, marriages, anniversaries, and obits.
"The Voice" needs smaller and better cartoons. Local columns could be preferred to national which are usually wordy on mundane topics. Local editor's editorial valued. The movie review, of very low value, and puzzles could do well on last page or eliminated. Puzzle lovers can buy inexpensive booklets at local drug stores.
Would more smaller ads in place of ½ to full- page ads bring in same revenue and be more informative and less irritating for the reader? A smaller weather forecast? "Public Record" has value but doing two towns seems to become cumbersome. A good item for one of last two pages???
We want to see our local Canby Herald succeed by clueing in more clearly on the interests of locals. (Pamplin owner not local) Some people buy the paper for the grocery ads. Others enjoy the sports. I've heard some non-subscribers say "There's nothing important in it" or "We don't need it."
A good local paper keeps readers connected to its community by providing info that informs or meets a need for the reader. Thank you for your efforts under deadlines.
(Editors note: Thanks for the suggestions. Things will morph and change as we move along.)
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